This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Imam of Islamic center to speak at UUC church

Mohamed Taha, Imam of the Islamic Center in Asheville, will speak on Sunday, May 15 at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, 500 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. His topic is “We Believe the Same.” Everyone is invited to attend the service.

Taha studied in Cairo University, where he received two bachelor degrees, one in Islamic studies and the second one in languages. Taha is an active Imam and a frequent public speaker.

Cholesterol screening held in Swannanoa

Givens LifeMinistries is holding a cholesterol screening at Swannanoa United Methodist Church from 8:30-10-:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18. Fasting the night before is required. The test is a finger-stick blood sample. Within five minutes, participants will have their total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, ratio and glucose results. A registered nurse will be available for counseling. The cost is $15 - cash or check. The church is at 216 Whitson Ave., Swannanoa. For an appointment, call 686-5284.

School puts on self-defense class

Swannanoa Valley Montessori School is sponsoring a women’s empowerment and self-defense workshop from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Carver Community Center. For more, contact or 828-772-8435.

Styrofoam recycling program has been set up

The town is accepting Styrofoam for recycling at the Carver Center during its regular hours. Accepted is white packing Styrofoam that has the “pebble” look. Not accepted are Styrofoam peanuts, takeout containers, sheeting or other foams (the Carver Center can redirect you to drop off those products). Drop materials off only during regular business hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

ABC Board changes meeting date

The town of Black Mountain ABC Board has changed the date of its monthly meeting to Wednesday, May 18 at 3 p.m. at the ABC store.


Class of 1974 invites you to supper

Owen High School Class of 1974 will hold a class dinner at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at The Yama Steakhouse & Sushi Bar out Patton Avenue in Regent Park, Asheville.

After dinner, diners will motor back to the Dairy Bar in Black Mountain for homemade Coca Cola Cake and ice cream. All classmates are welcome.

It will also hold a dinner Saturday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at Straightaway Café, a favorite eatery of the class’s, on N.C. 9.

Younger people and older classmates and staff from Charles D. Owen are always welcome.

Safety Saturday showcases area emergency services

The town of Black Mountain and Ingles Markets will put on its third annual Safety Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Ingles parking lot on N.C. 9 in Black Mountain.

Featuring police, fire and emergency medical services, the afternoon will be fun and educational for all ages.